Digestive Health

Overview

Some form of digestive disorder affects more than 100 million people in America. Studies show that over 40% of doctor visits are for gastrointestinal (GI) problems, with complaints ranging from irritable bowel syndrome, abdominal bloating, and diarrhea to constipation. Often these questions remain unanswered because of a lack of diagnosed chemical or anatomical defects.

The dietary shift of the past 100 years has resulted in nearly 50% of the population suffering with heartburn. A multibillion-dollar industry has now arisen from uncountable television commercials promising relief with antacid and heartburn drugs.

Since the GI tract is the point of entry for the human body, everything eaten has an impact. Contents passed through the GI tract carry nutrients as well as toxins - food additives, pesticides, and preservatives.

Irritations of various sections of the GI tract are identified as gastritis (stomach), colitis (colon), ileitis (ileum or small intestines), hepatitis (liver), pancreas (pancreatitis), and cholecystitis (gallbladder). Digestive problems present five basic symptoms: bloating, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea/vomiting.

The most commonly diagnosed digestive disorders are:

Modern medicine prescribes numerous medications to mask acid reflux and indigestion. Some of the most popular and expensive drugs are Prilosec, Prevacid, and Tagamet. These drugs suppress virtually all stomach acid secretion, and therefore cause absorption and malnutrition issues by inhibiting proper digestion. Surgical removal (aka bowel resection) is becoming an increasingly common treatment for some digestive disorders.

How We Can Help


The GI tract is often referred to as the second brain. The small intestine alone has as many nerve cells as the spinal cord. There are more nerve cells in the gut than the entire remainder of the peripheral nervous system.

Nearly every chemical that appears in the brain can also be found in the gut, including neurotransmitters and hormones.

The brain communicates with the gut like networks of computers. A single pathway delivers sensory signals from the gut to the brain and returns motor signals from the brain to the gut. Every transmission travels through the spinal cord. Interference with these signals can often be the result of nerve pathology caused by misalignment of the vertebrae that house and protect these delicate nerves.

Chiropractic treatments have been solidly proven to help alleviate digestive issues. Correcting underlying dysfunction with chiropractic adjustments has often reduced or eliminated these problems by restoring vital communication between the brain and the gut.